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On board the James Cook, heading to some black smokers in the middle of the Atlantic

Last Summer , I took part in the most wonderful adventure of my scientific life (so far!) , two back-to-back cruises on a hydrothermal field located on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (where the oceanic tectonic plates are formed and go apart). This field is the very well known TAG Hydrothermal Field. Photo: location of the TAG Hydrothermal Field on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge at 26 degrees North. (Google Earth credit) The first cruise was on board a German ship, the Meteor. Continue reading →

What do the oceans mean to me?

It has been asked in the first week to describe the oceans from your own point of view. Here below is what they mean to me. For me, oceans are MYSTERY. Light disappears rapidly in depth, after 1000 meters, it is the absolute darkness, deep and unknown. I chose this picture of a ROV (remotely operated vehicle) surrounded by this obscurity. Thanks to it, light is brought in the most obscure parts of our planet, and discoveries are infinite.  (Image credit to NOAA ) For me, oceans are LIFE. Continue reading →